No fewer than nine victims including a family of seven persons were rescued with injured persons taken to the hospital after a two-story building under construction collapsed early hours of Wednesday at Area 5 Extension in Umuguma, Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State.
Vanguard went to the area and was told that the incident happened at about 12:30 Pm.
At the time of filing this report, the removal of the debris was yet to be concluded but the Owerri Capital Development Authority, OCDA, led by the Chairman, Francis Chukwu, confirmed it was nine victims that were rescued and some of them taken to the hospital.
However, a father of seven children, with other family members, residing in the uncompleted building who gave his name as Eke Martins, who also confirmed the incident said he was able to escape but that one of his children was injured during the rescue operation.
“What we heard was a heavy sound and the building collapse. I thank God nobody died but one of my children was injured and was taken to the hospital where they are demanding N250,000. I am happy that nobody died.”